Lock says Chelmsford will improve

CHELMSFORD City right-back Matthew Lock believes there is plenty more to come from Glenn Pennyfather's team ahead of today's visit of managerless Welling United.

CHELMSFORD City right-back Matthew Lock believes there is plenty more to come from Glenn Pennyfather's team ahead of today's visit of managerless Welling United.

The Clarets hope to get back on track in the Blue Square South after successive league defeats.

And the former Team Bath talent, who was ever-present until last week's Dartford victory, is desperate to regain his place in the team having been dislodged by Steven Clark.

He said: “At times we've not performed to our true potential, both as a team and me individually. I want the fans to know that collectively we have a lot of talent here and personally there is a lot more to come from me.”


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Chelmsford's 4-1 win in the FA Cup confirmed their place in the Fourth Qualifying Round at home to Stevenage Borough next week, though Lock states he has no targets for the team this season.

“I'm apprehensive about setting targets as they can mean that you aim too high or don't appreciate what you have.

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“If you're trying to think about the next five games sometimes you lose sight of what's right in front of you and, although we have some massive games coming up, you can't tackle them all at once.”

Central defender Ben Martin's injury nightmare continues as he nurses his sore hamstring, while striker Danny Hockton is also unlikely to feature as he begins his recovery from a groin strain.

Midfielder Ollie Berquez's long-term foot troubles will also continue to keep him out while a couple face late fitness tests.

Welling, meanwhile, have been struggling towards the lower reaches of the division and are currently in the caretaker charge of former Claret Lee Protheroe at Park View Road.

Meanwhile, Braintree Town will be looking to bounce back from their 5-0 defeat at Dorchester when they host Staines Town today.

In the Ryman League, Division One North, Heybridge Swifts - who have been knocked out of the FA Trophy and FA Cup in the last week - host Cheshunt.

In the Ridgeons League, Premier Division, Wivenhoe visit Debenham, Harwich & Parkeston host Wroxham, while Stanway Rovers travel to Walsham-le-Willows.

In Division One, league-leaders FC Clacton welcome Swaffham Town, while Halstead Town are at Diss Town.

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